Google's Search Update a "Bad Day for the Internet" says Twitter Man

By Gary Cutlack on at

Google's most recent collection of tweaks to its search engine have been given a (short) kicking by a high-ranking Twitter employee, with the Twitter man claiming it's a "Bad day for the Internet" thanks to Google "warping" search results.

The claim comes from Alex Macgillivray, who was himself a Google employee before leaving to join Twitter in 2009. Macgillivray's beef will be the way the updated search results pages give extra weight to Google+ when users are signed in to Google's social network, which will simultaneously boost the profile of G+ while also leaving less search result real estate for Twitter links.

Twitter then expanded on Alex's comment (140 characters not always enough) saying:

For years, people have relied on Google to deliver the most relevant results anytime they wanted to find something on the Internet.

Often, they want to know more about world events and breaking news. Twitter has emerged as a vital source of this real-time information, with more than 100 million users sending 250 million Tweets every day on virtually every topic. As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results.

We’re concerned that as a result of Google’s changes, finding this information will be much harder for everyone. We think that’s bad for people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users.

And then Google fired back, pointing out that Twitter didn't bother renewing its agreement with the search giant last year.

It is good to see that even massive, professional organisations aren't above occasionally slagging each other off on the internet. So it's definitely OK when we do it. [Guardian]